A recent study published in Jama Internal Medicine reported Medicare patients treated by female doctors have lower mortality and readmission rates than those treated by male physicians. The study was conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and focused on the mortality and readmission rates of over one million Medicare patients aged 65 and older over a three-year period. The results showed that those patients treated by female doctors were less likely to pass away or be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their initial treatment than those treated by male doctors.
Different Styles of Medicine Can Lead to Fewer Fatalities
Researchers estimate that 32,000 fatalities could be prevented each year if the paradigm between male and female physicians was eradicated. While education and experience in the medical profession proved to be equal between the sexes, there was a significant difference between the style of medicine practiced. Female doctors relied more on clinical guidelines and medical evidence when diagnosing and treating patients. Communication skills and patient interaction between female doctors and their patients was also stronger than that of male physicians, indicating that patient outcomes were significantly affected by these variables.
Previous studies comparing male and female doctors had also reported gender specific variations between medical professionals. Overall, female doctors were found to provide more preventative care and counseling for their patients, and spent more time with them on average than their male colleagues. While style practices were indicated in these previous studies, the recent study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health was the first one to compare patient outcomes with physician gender.
The authors of the Harvard University study indicate that more research conducted on practice patterns of male and female doctors could improve patient outcomes overall. Disparity in compensation between male and female doctors could also be improved with further analysis. Insurance carriers and hospitals concerned with quality standards and cost controls could use results to meet their goals and improve their bottom lines.
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Patients rely on their doctors to provide quality medical care when they need it most. Patients 65 years of age and older are more vulnerable than younger patients, and have higher incidents of mortality and readmission to hospitals. If you or someone you know has suffered fatality or health complications due to physician negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC can help you claim the compensation you are entitled to receive. Call us at 215-569-8488, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.